Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Donna Toohey Ceramics at Smith Galleries

When we think of an artist, most of us picture a painter  who works in oils, water colors, or acrylics and paints on paper or canvas. Today we are broadening our canvas, so to speak; for Donna Toohey is an artist who paints on pottery. Donna attended the Cleveland Institute of Art  where she took her first ceramics class in 1979. From the very beginning she was fascinated with the endless possibilities of pottery.

The subject matter for her painting is varied, but is almost totally inspired by nature. Whether is it the
Floral Square Platter
bounty of the vegetable garden, the ocean, or the flower garden, her vibrant colors and representation of subject matter draw the eye and give the viewer that "happy" feeling. Her "canvas" is an earthenware clay and completely safe for everyday use. The glaze and underglaze are both non toxic and food safe. All of her pottery is suitable for use in the oven, the microwave, and the dishwasher. Her bowls, chip and dip platters and other plates come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes making it easy to find just the right one for your purpose.

Floral Pattern Bowl
In speaking about her work, Donna says, "I feel increasingly fortunate to have something which is both my passion and my livelihood. I am daily inspired by gardens, design, the spontaneity of painting, and the endless possibilities of color. I hope to convey fun, life, and a sense of intimacy in my pots." I think you will agree that she is successful in her quest. Donna's pieces brighten any table and delight the eye.Be sure to look at the additional pictures of Donna's work.Many of you will recognize her work from previous visits to the gallery, but it has been some time since we had seen her and we are delighted to have her work again. I was especially drawn to the florals. Which are your favorites?

See more of Donna Toohey's ceramics at Smith Galleries.

Smith Galleries is located in suite J11 (second level) of the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870

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